Wafer Cookies: An Easy and Fun Recipe

Wafer cookies have always been a good snack (in my opinion). I was actually kind of surprised from looking around the internet that there aren’t really any published recipes on how to make these from scratch. When I say “make,” I literally mean making the wafer parts of the cookie yourself.

Some of the ones out there might use pre-made wafer, but I feel like the average person searching recipes for wafer cookies is hoping to make everything from scratch. So that’s what we’re gonna do!

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What You’ll Need to Make Wafer Cookies

What It IsNameWhere to Buy
CookwareBrentwood Appliances Ts-1405bl Waffle Cone MakerAmazon
CookwareSmall bowlAmazon
CookwareLarge mixing bowlAmazon
CookwareMeasuring spoons (tbsp and teaspoon)Amazon
CookwareMeasuring cups (3/4 cup and 1/2 cup)Amazon
CookwareMedium/large plate or baking sheetAmazon
CookwareWooden mixing spoonAmazon
CookwareSpatula or tongs (for removing wafers from iron)Amazon
Ingredient1 stick of butter (softened, unsalted)Store
Ingredient1/2 cup granulated sugarStore
Ingredient1 eggStore
Ingredient1 teaspoon vanilla extractStore
Ingredient3/4 cup all-purpose flourStore
Ingredient1/8 teaspoon saltStore
IngredientCooking sprayStore

Step 1 for making wafer cookies: get your butter out with a little bowl.


My butter was still a little too firm, so, I grabbed a bowl and just put it in the microwave.

butter for wafer cookies

Microwave that butter for about 30 seconds. It was pretty liquid for me, so, consider 15-20 seconds as an alternative.

30 seconds on the microwave

Once that’s out of there, you can let it sit for a minute. As I said, you really just need a softened stick of butter for wafer cookies, but more liquid works, too.

melted butter in a bowl for wafer cookies

Next, grab a big mixing bowl.

large bowl

Pour the butter into the big bowl.

butter in mixing bowl

Once that’s in there for the wafer cookies, grab an egg for your b-vitamins.


Crack the egg into the bowl and then grab your salt and measuring spoons.

salt for wafer cookies

Measure out 1/8 teaspoon of salt and dump it into the big bowl.


Once that’s in the big bowl, dump in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract for the wafer cookies.

Following that, grab your bag of sugar. Granulated, not stirred.

Measure out 1/2 a cup of that into the mixing bowl. I used two 1/4 cup’s.

Then, get your flour for the wafer cookies and put 3/4 cup of it into the large mixing bowl.

flour for wafer cookies

Using a wooden spoon, mix all of that around so it looks like the dough in the large bowl below.

dough for wafer cookies

Following that, get a waffle cone iron and start heating it up. These wafer cookies will be best on the MID setting of the iron. The one I bought was pretty inexpensive on Amazon. The nice thing is that in the future I’ll be able to make stuff like homemade waffle cones, so I’m pretty happy with the purchase.

waffle cone iron for wafer cookies

While that’s heating, grab some nonstick spray. I only did one coating for all of the wafer cookies that I made. You could do more, I guess, but none of my wafers stuck so it must have been enough.

nonstick spray

Once it’s heated up, put 1 tablespoon of dough on to the iron for the wafer cookies.

tablespoon of dough for wafer cookies

Let each tablespoon of dough cook for about 1 minute for each wafer. Once it’s done, use a spatula or tongs to remove it. I used a mini tongs. In hindsight, I’d go with the spatch.

wafer for wafer cookies in iron

Here’s a shot of a different wafer being removed:

removing wafer for wafer cookies from iron

Take each large wafer, put it on a medium to large sized plate, and cut it up into 4 rectangular pieces.

wafers cut up into rectangles

You can also find some rectangular cookie cutters on Amazon and use those for making perfect angles. My cookies didn’t exactly look like they came from the Keebler elf tree, but yea.

Following that, get your hazelnut spread. Let’s be honest and just call it knockoff Nutella.

Hazelnut Spread

Anyways, once you’ve got that, start dabbing some on all but one of the wafers on your plate. Each of these cookies is made up of 4 levels of wafer. You could put some on the underside of the top wafer, but I didn’t.

Consider letting the wafers cool for at least a minute, too, after they come off the iron so they can harden a bit. They should get cool enough while you add the filling to each piece.

Once there’s a bit of hazelnut spread on each wafer, stack them on top of each other.

wafer cookies recipe

Wafer cookies are almost like s’mores in a way.

wafer cookie

Repeat the process of putting 1 tablespoon of dough on to the iron and then putting together the wafer cookies until all the dough runs out. Be careful, since the iron will be hot.

Notecard Version to Make Wafer Cookies

1. Mix up 1 stick of softened butter, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium to large sized bowl.
2. Heat up a waffle cone iron to medium heat (yours may be different) and spray with some cooking spray.
3. Place 1 tablespoon of dough at a time on the waffle cone iron and cook each one for 1 minute. Remove with a tongs or spatula and set the wafer on a plate. Cut up the wafer into 4 rectangular sized-pieces.
4. Dab hazelnut spread (or other filling) on three of the four wafers. The top one doesn’t need any.
5. Stack the four wafers together, putting the 4th one on top that doesn’t have any filling on it.
6. Repeat the process until you’re out of dough and you’ll have some wafer cookies!

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Bob Buckley

Bob Buckley writes about food and business.